Incentives and Expectations: Community Relations and Recovery in Tamil Nadu after the Indian Ocean Tsunami
By Nakul Kumar
This article appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of The Independent Review

Poor coastal communities in southeastern India were among the places hardest hit by the 2004 tsunami. Their comeback was spurred not by government assistance but rather by political and bureaucratic failures that incentivized the populace to adopt self-help strategies of recovery.

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